Kathryn Hughes


Feline Enchantment and the Making of the Modern World

 In her new book , award-winning historian Kathryn Hughes talks about the quirky history of how Edwardian Britain fell in love with cats and the role illustrator Louis Wain played in changing them from reviled pest controllers in our homes  to adored family members. By the end of the 19th Century, Britain fell in love with cats, partly due to the work of artist Louis Wain whose drawings of cats depicted as humans delighted the world!

Catland is part-biographical about the troubled life of Louis Wain who was confined to an asylum whilst creating his iconic work, and part-social history in telling us about how the country became incredibly obsessed with cats. It's a  fascinating and fabulous unravelling of our obsession with cats.

  • Sunday, 9th June
  • 10:00am
  • Main House
  • £13.00


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